Anne Bryant: It’s “Wrong” for Unions to “Buy” School Board Seats

The defense of “the school board as we know it” just got dramatically weaker. And Anne Bryant’s place in the pantheon of impatient reformers just got more secure.

The Problems of Education Governance in Twenty-First Century America

The shortcomings of elected local school boards are only the most obvious of the many problems of education governance in the United States in 2011.

Assessing New York’s Commissioner of Education

With Steiner’s sudden resignation, will the state continue its Race to the Top?

With Steiner’s sudden resignation, will the state continue its Race to the Top?

The Case Against Michelle Rhee

How persuasive is it?

How persuasive is it?

New Schools in New Orleans

School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success

School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success

Re-Imagining Local Control

Writing last week in the Wall Street Journal, Diane Ravitch challenged resurgent Congressional Republicans to return K-12 education to “local control” and to repudiate and reverse the nationalizing/federalizing tendencies of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core standards, etc.

Toothless Reform?

If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work

If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work

Total Student Load

Maybe worth a longer look, but hardly a revolution

Review of William Ouchi’s The Secret of TSL

Tale of Two Cities

Why do minorities do so well in Raleigh and so poorly in Syracuse?

Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City

In the Wake of the Storm

How vouchers came to the Big Easy

How vouchers came to the Big Easy

Demography as Destiny?

Hispanic student success in Florida

Hispanic student success in Florida

Brighter Choices in Albany

City's charter schools outshine the competition.

Reformers in New York’s capital have brought high-quality charter schools to scale, giving hope to a generation of disadvantaged kids.

Time for School?

When the snow falls, test scores also drop

When the snow falls, test scores also drop

A Recession for Schools

Not as bad as it sounds

Not as bad as it sounds

Lost Opportunities

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

The Accidental Principal

What doesn't get taught at ed schools?

What doesn’t get taught at ed schools?

Poor Schools or Poor Kids?

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

The Turnaround Fallacy

Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.

Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.

D.C.’s Braveheart

Can Michelle Rhee wrest control of the D.C. school system from decades of failure?

Can Michelle Rhee wrest control of the D.C. school system from decades of failure?

Fraud in the Lunchroom?

Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty

Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty

Accountability Overboard

Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation's most successful reforms

Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms

New Ed Next Podcast: Voters Choose Neighborhood Schools over Socioeconomic Diversity

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week about Wake County, North Carolina, where voters earlier this month elected new school board members who have pledged to undo the county’s controversial policy of assigning students to schools based on income (to achieve diversity). Click here to get to the podcast.

Backlash Against Teacher Firings in D.C. Tests Rhee’s Political Strength

It’s hard to tell whether Washington D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee courts controversy or is merely dogged by it. Either way, Rhee once again finds herself in the thick of it, just as her school-improvement efforts are starting to take hold and Washington had begun to exhale over her stick-it-in-your-eye style.

By June Kronholz (Guest Blogger)    Blog, Editorial, Governance and Leadership  

Will Michelle Rhee Triumph?

Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (October 14) about education politics in Washington, D.C., where Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee recently fired 229 teachers.

Education Next Profiles D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee

Can Michelle Rhee Wrest Control of the D.C. School System from Decades of Failure?

By Education Next    Governance and Leadership, Press  
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